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Big Half 2023 - UK Runners - Prices from £149.00pp

Big Half 2023 - UK Runners

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Returning on Sunday 3 September 2023, The Big Half is set to have an unmissable festival atmosphere – and everyone's invited!

London Marathon Events created The Big Half in 2018, in partnership with Sported as the London Marathon organisers recognised that many of London’s running events didn’t truly reflect the communities they pass through. With the Big Half they want to change this by bringing Londoners of all backgrounds and abilities together in a celebration of the city’s diversity.

So while The Big Half features the some of the world’s best athletes – in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite fields – and thousands of mass participation runners taking on the same course, it’s much more than a half marathon. It’s a community running festival, and everyone is invited!

The Big Half is one of the most popular half marathons in the world and sells out every year. Destination Sport Experiences is an official tour operator for the 2023 Big Half. We are delighted to partner with the event, and we offer guaranteed entry into this sell-out event.

UK Runners

Book your hotel with the official Travel Partner of The Big Half. For UK based runners, who already have their Big Half Entry sorted, we offer hotel options in London. Book your hotel with us for 1 or 2 nights. Please note that we are not able to sell Big Half entries to UK runners.

What you get with Destination Sport Experiences

Destination Sport Experiences 2023 Big Half package includes the following:

  • Your hotel in London for 1 or 2 nights
  • Hotel taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast in hotel
  • Guided easy orientation run (Saturday morning)
  • ABTA protected
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What you get with Destination Sport Experiences

Destination Sport Experiences 2023 Big Half package includes the following:

  • Your hotel in London for 1 or 2 nights
  • Hotel taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast in hotel
  • Guided easy orientation run (Saturday morning)
  • ABTA protected
Your Itinerary

Depending on the length of stay you have booked with us you might arrive before or depart on different days to the following itinerary. The itinerary below reflects the 2-night package

Friday 1 September: Arrival Day

Make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in London today. Usually, hotel rooms are ready to check in after 2pm. If you arrive early, then you can leave your luggage with the hotel and explore your surroundings while you wait for the room to be ready.

Our hotel

We are staying at the 3-star Travelodge London City, the hotel is close to the finish.

How do I contact Destination Sport Experiences Team during my stay?

Destination Sport Experiences staff with local knowledge of London and the race will be available at certain times in the reception area of the hotel. Times and contact numbers will be provided with your final documents and itinerary.

The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy London at your leisure.

Saturday 2 September 2023:  COLLECT YOUR EVENT PACK

If you live outside the UK, you must collect your Event Pack at one of the following locations during the times stated below.

  • 12:30 to 18:00 on Saturday 3 September at Marathon House, 190 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YB
  • 07:30 to 09:00 on Sunday 4 September at the Information Point in the North Start Area, Tower Hill EC3N 4SG

Your Event Pack will contain the following:

  • Your unique bib number, with timing chip attached, and safety pins to fix it to your top
  • Kitbag with sticky label matching your bib number
  • The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy London at your leisure.

Sunday 3 September 2023: Race Day / Check Out Day

The Big Half starts at Tower Bridge and finishes at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Our hotel is an easy walk to the start and it’s easy to grab public transport back from the finish.

Unless you have booked extra nights with us then today, we ask that you check out of your room before 12 noon, and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Destination Sport Experience.

At the Finish

You will collect your medal and your recovery bag, which contains your sized finisher T-shirt and a foil blanket to help you keep warm. Volunteers will help remove your IPICO Sports Tag from your running shoe. Next, you will be directed into the grounds of the National Maritime Museum where you will be able to collect your kitbag from the same baggage drop vehicle that you handed it to at the Start. Please remember you will need to show your running number to collect your bag. Once you have collected our kitbag, you can make use of the changing facilities in the museum grounds before entering The Big Festival in Greenwich Park.

Please ask your family and friends to meet you at the Meet and Greet signs in Greenwich Park and not to congregate at the Finish Area exit. Why not take part in the Big Mile? More information below.

We recommend travelling to The Big Half on foot, by or by using public transport. We strongly discourage driving to the event due to the extensive road closures which will be operating along the route from 04:00.

You will be feeling tired after The Big Half, so make sure you plan your journey home in advance. The nearest stations are Greenwich station, Cutty Sark DLR station and Maze Hill railway station. Local buses will also be operating to Greenwich town centre. If you are travelling by public transport, please visit or

The Big Mile

The Big Mile is a free, family-friendly mass participation event that takes place on the same finishing stretch as The Big Half by the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich. It’s the perfect event for first-time runners or walkers, families with children and anyone looking to get more active – plus it’s accessible for wheelchair users.

On Event Day, you’ll have the chance to ask questions at our Information Point and make use of the toilet facilities within the Assembly Area. Rest assured; the event management team will be on hand to ensure you have an amazing experience at The Big Mile. And, of course, everyone who finishes The Big Mile will receive a souvenir medal to treasure!

If you would like to extend your stay, please contact us at

Need to Know

Conditions of Sale

Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell to residents of the UK.

Training Plan

Having a training plan is key to achieving your goal on Event Day. Whether you are aiming to complete The Big Half as a major bucket list item, or it’s a stepping-stone towards the TCS London Marathon or another full marathon, it is vital that you have a plan to help you get there. Simply pick the plan best suited to your ability, download the plans below and enjoy your training! Download your training plan here

Course time limit

The race starts at 09.00 and the cut off time is 4 hours. The route passes through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, and Greenwich. There are water stations at Miles 3,6 and 10 as well as a Lucozade Sport station at Mile 8. Water will also be available at the finish and the finisher bag will contain Lucozade Sport.


The Vitality Big Half will see up to 15,000 runners set off from 09:00 by Tower Bridge on the 13.1-mile course which finishes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Bands and entertainers will be performing along the route and the day will conclude with live music, food, and activities for all the family at The Vitality Big Festival near the Finish Area in Greenwich Park until 16:00

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